Tuesday, September 23, 2008

CHL Announces Pre-Season Schedule

This just in from a CHL press release:

The Central Hockey League (CHL) announced on Tuesday its 16-game pre-season schedule that begins on Wednesday, October 8th and concludes on Saturday, October 11th. All 16 CHL member teams will compete in a minimum of one pre-season game. Training camps for CHL teams begin on Monday, October 6th.

A pair of charity games will open up the CHL pre-season schedule with the Rocky Mountain Rage visiting the Colorado Eagles on October 8th in a game that will benefit Les Borsheim, a three-year member of the Eagles who was injured in a motorcycle accident earlier in the summer. The second benefit game will be between the Tulsa Oilers and the Wichita Thunder who will raise money for the Rob Guinn Memorial Fund, a former CHL player with Tulsa and New Mexico who was killed during the off-season in a car accident.

The defending Ray Miron President’s Cup Champion Arizona Sundogs will host the Wichita Thunder at the Tim’s Toyota Center in a pair of pre-season games. The games are scheduled for Friday, October 10th and Saturday, October 11th.

The expansion Rapid City Rush will take the ice for the first time on Friday, October 10th with a pre-season game scheduled versus the Rocky Mountain Rage at the Broomfield Event Center.

2008 CHL Pre-Season Schedule (All Start Times Are Local)

Wednesday, October 8
Rocky Mountain at Colorado, 7:05 p.m. at the Budweiser Events Center
Tulsa at Wichita, 7:05 p.m. at the Wichita Ice Center

Thursday, October 9
Rio Grande Valley at Laredo, 7:00 p.m. at the Laredo Entertainment Center
Oklahoma City at Tulsa, 7:00 p.m. at the Oilers Ice Center

Friday, October 10
Rapid City at Rocky Mountain, 7:05 p.m. at the Broomfield Event Center
Laredo at Rio Grande Valley, 7:35 p.m. at the Dodge Arena
Wichita at Arizona, 7:05 p.m. at the Tim’s Toyota Center
New Mexico at Amarillo, 7:05 p.m. at the Amarillo Civic Center
Bossier-Shreveport at Mississippi, 7:05 p.m. at the DeSoto Civic Center

Saturday, October 11
Laredo at Corpus Christi, 7:05 p.m. at the American Bank Center
Rapid City at Colorado, 7:05 p.m. at the Budweiser Events Center
Tulsa at Oklahoma City, 7:10 p.m. at the Blazers Ice Center
Odessa at Texas, 7:00 p.m. at the NYTEX Sports Centre
Wichita at Arizona, 7:05 p.m. at the Tim’s Toyota Center
Bossier-Shreveport at Mississippi, 7:05 p.m. at the DeSoto Civic Center
Amarillo at New Mexico, 7:00 p.m. at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center (Santa Fe, NM)

CHL’s 17th Season Begins October 17th; Catch the Action on the CHL Network
The CHL’s regular season begins on Friday, October 17th with six games on the schedule. The league’s 512-game schedule concludes on Saturday, March 25th. Catch all the action of the CHL on the CHL Network. The easy-to-download network player is available at www.centralhockeyleague.com and is powered by NiFTy Online Television (www.nifty-tv.com).

CHL All-Star Game on January 14th in Loveland, Colorado
The 2009 CHL All-Star Game is scheduled for Wednesday, January 14th at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colorado. The game will be hosted by the Colorado Eagles and presented by Poudre Valley Health Systems. The format for this year’s game features a team of CHL All-Stars taking on the Colorado Eagles and the game can be seen nationally on Altitude Sports and Entertainment. For more information and for all-star updates visit www.centralhockeyleague.com or www.coloradoeagles.com.

About the CHL
The CHL will be entering its 17th season of play this fall, with 16 member teams across nine states. The CHL saw more than 2.3 million fans attend games during the 2008-09 season and has led North American professional ‘AA’ hockey leagues in average attendance for six of the past seven seasons. In 2009, the CHL will welcome Independence, Missouri and Allen, Texas as expansion teams for the 2009-10 season. The CHL is administered by a wholly-owned subsidiary of Global Entertainment Corporation (AMEX: GEE), a company engaged in sports management, multi-purpose events and entertainment center and related real estate development, facility and venue management and marketing, and venue ticketing. For more information about the CHL visit the league’s website at www.centralhockeyleague.com.

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